Volleyball team adds assistant coach

Eastern Michigan University volleyball coach Kim Berrington announced June 10 the addition of Shayna Munson to her coaching staff.

Munson is familiar with Coach Berrington, as she was a member of her squad from 2001-02.

“I am so excited to have Shayna back as an assistant coach,” Berrington said in a news release. “She has spent the past 10 years playing professionally and coaching. Her vast experience will be an asset to all of our players. Her passion for the sport will pour out into the gym everyday. And, she will be a fabulous role model for our student athletes.”

Munson returns to Ypsilanti after a long and successful beach volleyball career. The Temperance, Mich. native has been playing beach volleyball professionally since 2006 and has taken part in six different tours. She competed in the Qualifiers, Young Guns Tour and Main Draw in the Association of Volleyball Professionals, as well as competing in the National Volleyball League. Munson was a three-time tournament champion at the Corona Wide Open and she has also won six separate national championships.

In 2009, Munson won the Dig the Beach Tour in Miami, Fla. in addition to her championship with East End Volleyball in Clearwater Beach, Fla. During 2010, she again took home the trophy for both the East End and Dig the Beach and took home another East End championship and an Extreme Volleyball Professionals championship in 2011.

In addition to her professional career, she has coached at the high school level. She most recently was an assistant varsity coach at Temperance Bedford High School, from which she herself graduated, and helped the Lady Mules reach the 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association Final Four.

Prior to coaching at Bedford, Munson held two different positions in Florida. She coached for three seasons at Palm Harbor University High School from 2009-12. Before Palm Harbor, she spent the 2008 season at Hudson High School, where she took the Cobras to the Florida state tournaments’ final four and was named Coach of the Year.

In addition to her high school coaching and professional beach volleyball career, Munson has coached club volleyball teams. From 1999-2003, she coached at Borderline Volleyball Club in Temperance, Mich. and while living in Florida, she coached at the Pinellas Heat Volleyball Club in Clearwater.

Munson – who transferred to EMU from Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Mich. prior to the 2001 campaign – led the Eagles in total blocks with 100 in her first season at Eastern.

In two seasons with EMU, Munson appeared in 63 matches and accumulated 644 kills, averaging 2.85 kills per frame. She excelled from the service line averaging 0.24 aces per set, while she also posted 0.85 blocks per frame in her career. Following her playing career at EMU, she spent two seasons as a student assistant for Berrington.

Prior to joining the Eagles, Munson played two seasons for Kellogg Community College. While competing for KCC, she was a two-time NJCAA All-American while also being named the Regional Player of the Year both seasons.

While at Temperance Bedford High School, Munson was a two-time all-state award winner in 1998 and 1999. In both of those years, she was also named the Monroe County High School Player of the Year. In 2010, Munson was inducted into the Bedford High School Athletic Hall of Fame as one of the school’s Most Outstanding Athletes.

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